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What do you want most in the new year? 

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83 deviants said More time to draw.
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67 deviants said Gold. Or money. Lots of money.
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66 deviants said A change! I'm stagnating! Please, somebody, drag me from this pit of mediocrity!!!!
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46 deviants said Love. I needs me some sweet loving - and how!
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34 deviants said A job!!!
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24 deviants said A different job. Boy, does my job suck!
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23 deviants said Peace.
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17 deviants said Once again, Sharpy, you totally missed my wants and needs. What's the matter with you? Damn, you're so removed from reality right now...
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9 deviants said More time to write.
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1 deviant said More time to make music!

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Liam Sharp
Artist | Professional | Other
United States
Liam Sharp is the co-founder and CCO of Madefire, as well as an artist, writer and publisher. www.madefire.com

He made his debut in the late 1980s drawing Judge Dredd for 2000ad. He later moved to Marvel UK, where he drew the best-selling Marvel UK title ever, Death's Head II. Thereafter he began working mainly in the United States on books as diverse as the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, Man-Thing (for Marvel Comics), Superman, Batman, and The Possessed (for DC Comics and Wildstorm), Spawn: The Dark Ages (for Todd McFarlane and Image) and Red Sonja for Dynamite comics.
Liam has also worked on more mature themed books for Verotik, drawing Frank Frazetta's The Death Dealer, and a strip originated by Stan Winston called Realm of the Claw.

In 2004 Liam established MamTor™ Publishing with wife Christina. This saw the launch of the critically acclaimed and award-winning anthology Event Horizon, and the prestigious collaboration with Mother (London) Advertising, Four Feet From a Rat, which appeared as a quarterly comic in Time Out magazine. This led to work on three major advertising campaigns for the Coca-Cola Company, art and design work for Strange Beast, Passion Pictures, Knuckleheads, Shots magazine and Red Arrow Entertainment amongst others.

Liam also worked on designs for the movies Lost in Space, Small Soldiers and the animated series Batman Beyond.

More recent work includes co-creating the controversial DC/Vertigo title Testament with best-selling novelist and media commentator Douglas Rushkoff, the comic adaptation of the seminal XBox game Gears of War for Wildstorm, and the graphic novella Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven for Dark Horse.

Liam's critically acclaimed first novel GOD KILLERS: MACHIVARIUS POINT & OTHER TALES was published in 2008 with a second edition in 2009.

For Madefire he is currently working on an epic personal project that he is co-writing with wife Christina McCormack called Captain Stone is Missing... as well as writing MONO, and co-producing art with Bill Sienkiewicz for a series of Sherlock Holmes stories.
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I'm sitting 18 floors upon the balcony of a condominium in San Diego. It's night, 10.41pm to be precise. Over to my left is the Hyatt, and the bay. The lights twinkle. There are a few low clouds illuminated by light pollution - just for added effect. You can feel the presence of the sea on your skin, taste it on your lips.

It's all very Bladerunner - except for the sea bit.

I remember the first time I flew to San Diego, and tonight I'm reminded that I should not forget; should never take it for granted. We get used to everything, given time. And too often we fail to take stock. To contextualise.

When I first came here I was a very young man just starting a career in comics - though at the time it felt like I was already a veteran! I was a working class boy of meagre means transported through circumstances, luck and a little talent to places of which youthful dreams are made. (My heart forever belonged to California, even before that became a conscious acceptance.) 

This circus, this flash-mob of geeks and freaks and artists and writers, of cosplay heroes, and heartbroken martyrs, misfits, maestros, millionaires and masturbators, playboy bunnies, perverts, voyeurs and visionaries, the victors and the vanquished of a myriad of media and mediums make this something we all have a collective propensity to belittle. We are the hunter-gatherers - short-sighted and hungry, too hungry in fact to take in the enormity of this mythic world we inhabit. The stars become a backdrop, a setting, a means of navigation.

Yes. Our feet will be sore, and our cheeks will ache through the act of a thousand disingenuous smiles, and yet another thousand more genuine ones. Our midrifts will swell, and our faculties will dim, and yet we'll all feel the post-con blues - the feeling that something happened that was important, and that we didn't have the awareness or senses to fully capture.

It was too big, and somehow we missed that.  

We'll be lost in hopes and dreams, the business of business, the betrayals and bastardisation, the bitterness and backstabbing, the curt and the terse and the politic.
But let's not miss out on the wonder, eh? Let's be bloody thankful for once!

Here we are, we one-hundred-and-fifty-odd-thousand lovers of what makes us human - our propensity to dream, and from that, grow. Our need to create what does not exist and to make it exist in thousands of fibreglass storm trouper costumes; cardboard swords; elf ears; paintings; words; films; apps; pamphlets and passion projects.

There's literally NOWHERE on earth I would rather be right now.

So fuck you, the bug that has bit my head, both arms and caused a large itchy bump to appear on my lower back while I wrote this. You'll not steel this moment from me! I'm here, in full appreciation of the curious, and delightful twists fate apportioned me. I was a midland boy who never thought to see such things, yet here I was, and here I am.

Here's to an amazing week at SDCC!

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:iconkarantheartist:
Karantheartist Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  Student Artist
Awesome artwork! Thanks for granting access for me to the motion book tooL!
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NeilMcClements Featured By Owner 5 days ago   General Artist
Thanks for the 'Watch' Liam.
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
(Hey, thanks for joining!)

Welcome to Dreddheads, Citizen.

:bulletred: Introduce yourself here
:bulletred: A lot of Dredd art is in our faves
:bulletred: Since many praise the movie Dredd (2012) as a faithful adaptation and awesome movie, please make sure to sign the official petition if you'd like a sequel.

~:peace:
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Artist
Cheers! And I see I'm already in there: dreddheads.deviantart.com/art/… :-)
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014
Yes - I'm indiscriminately adding as much Dredd art as I can find to faves as it doesn't require the artist's permission, but be assured when your art's in the club, it will be in the featured folder as it's awesome :) Seriously, I'm amazed at the level of detail you've put into the backgrounds. Must take a while!
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